Ko. 43 TO A CHRISTIAN IN THURHjf My DikkR Brother: — I need hardly remind you thjf your present situation has much that is unfavorable to tin- culture of the Christian graces. The very idea of war implies as much. You are removed from the restraints of Cnurch, family, social. life, and a regulated public opinion ; and exposed to scenes in camp, that are unfriendly to vir- tue as well as piety ; the more often in contact with un- godly, and' often sceptical men,- who sneer at all religion as;.delusive, or deceptive; and compelled to witness sin so constantly, that you are i^n danger of losing that horror of it. which you ought constantly to cherish. The force- of these things is mournfully attested by the number of pro- fessed christians, who have fallen away in the army, marking a sorrowful career which beginning at the com- munion table, ends in the grave of the drunkard, the blas- phemer or the gambler. That these influences may be counteracted is proven by the many bright examples of those who have shown that a christian soldier is !is possi- ble now as it ever has been. Pardon then a few sugges- tions to enable you to be. a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 1. Remember that you are a witness for Jesus in your ' present position, and that your obligations are increased rather than-Iessened by entering the army. That" light of the world" and " salt of the earth," that is 'so needful in the quiet of peaceful society, is much more needful in a state of things where thousands of men are brought to- gether under circumstances likely to develop all that is evil in their hearts, many of whom are to die away from the influences of religion, and the rest to return home to com- municate there the tiaoral character (hey have formed in the- dcope^veproof to the b curt than the most cutting wor<h coul'i-have (lone. Love, love of Christ and love or'tfouls. will aiwa\ -a be an infallible guide in such things. 7 Keep eternity in view as constantly as possible. You may be ushered into it in the twinkling of an eye, and therefore,- should have it always before you, a radiant light to guide you, a joyous prospect to cheer you, a glorious hope to strengthen y6u. You will thus be prepared for the summons, let it come as it may, and be ready to enter into the joy of your Lord. In one word, keep your religion always close to your heart. A soldier in one of our battles, was saved from death by a Testament in his breast pocket which arrested the ball that was aimed at his heart. Had it been in his tent, or his knapsack, or any where but just where it was, lying close to his breast, it could not have saved him. Let the word of Christ rest thus close to your heart, and it will keep it warm, shield it from the fiery missiles of the e.vil one, cheer and guide it in life, and iri death light it joyously through the dark valley THANKSGIVING FOE VICTORY. S. M. 1 With brave but beating heart, 4 A victory we have, We marched to meet the foe, Because thou helped us Lord. Uncertain what should he ow Else we'd been covered by the part — wave! Who should in death lie low. And fallen 'neath the sword. 2 We longed the day to win, 5 To thee the praise is due, And drive the invader back. To thee our thanks we give, 'thus we would help a peace to O help us-love and serve thee too, gain*, Ana to thy glory live. The' blessing that wo seek. 6 And when comes our last fight, 'l Thy goodness, Lord, we tell That fight which all must make, We bless thy .wondrous grace. Bring us off conquerors, through While bullets new, andmanyfel), thy might, We did not end our race.' For our Redeemer's sake. X OXX1V. Psalm, verses 4 and 5.